Technology July 22, 2012
VIDEO OF THE DAY: Watch How You're Driving, Cyclists Are Filming

Let's face it: the relationship between bicyclists and drivers can get a little rocky sometimes. When there's an accident or a confrontation on the roads, people can get hurt, and it's not always easy to prove who's at fault. Unless, of course, the cyclist in question has a camera strapped to his head.

In this video, the New York Times looks at the new trend of cyclists wearing cameras while they ride, and using the footage to help identify drivers who run them off the road. The tech has already led to some charges being laid, as in the case of Evan Wilder, the cyclist who features in the video below, who captured the license plate of the truck that knocked him down, allowing police to find the driver.

But as one-sided as this may sound (many motorists see bike riders as having a combative attitude and occasionally ignoring the rules of the road), some cyclists believe the technology can encourage calmer bike riders. The camera doesn't just record drivers, it also captures cyclists' actions, so if they start a confrontation that leads to an accident, that ends up as evidence too.

Check out the Times piece below:

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